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Don’t Miss Deadwood Stone, Fled Five, and Potatoe Babies @ Motley Crue Pre-Party July 2nd!

At WGRD, we hope to provide the best music from the area. This coming July 2nd, we have Motley Crue starting their final tour here in Grand Rapids! Before that though, we need to warm up your ear drums with some awesome local bands. We booked some awesome entertainment for you for the Motley Crue Pre-Party!

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Dan Maurer Talks About His 100-Pound Scrotum and Surgery for a ‘Semi-Normal Life’ [Audio/Video]

On "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show" on Tuesday, we talked about Dan Maurer. The 39-year-old Burlington, Mich., man is suffering from Scrotal Lymphedema, causing his scrotum to balloon to somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds.

He went through a long period of time where he was misdiagnosed, but doctors finally pinpointed what needs to be done to get him healthy again.

We tracked Dan down this morning and got a chance to talk to him on the show.

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Aug. 7 Grand Rapids Date on Nothing More’s and Sleepwave’s Summer 2014 North American Tour

Nothing More has just unleashed its self-titled debut album while riding high with the single "This Is the Time (Ballast)."

Now, the band has announced a tour with Sleepwave that kicks off Aug. 5 in Kansas City, Mo., with a performance two days later on Aug. 7 in Grand Rapids at The Stache at The Intersection. There is also a show Aug. 9 at Dirt Fest in Birch Run.

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Godsmack, Seether, Pop Evil Lead 2014 Uproar Festival Tour Kicking Off in Clarkston Aug. 15 [Video]

The lineup for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour has been announced and it features Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry and more.

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You may have thought we weren't here... but we were!
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Jackie and ‘Free Beer & Hot Wings’ Off-Air Shenanigans [Audio]

We had some crazy malfunctions today and 97.9 WGRD went off air for a while today.

Most of you knew, considering we got like a million e-mails and text messages letting us know, as if we didn't already know.

That said, "Free Beer & Hot Wings" and I continued on with our local break anyway!

In case you missed it because we were off air for a portion of the time there, here it is!

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New Movies This Week: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ [Video]

This week in theaters, two highly different movies arrive: the first, a science-fiction action-adventure; the second, an uplifting story of hope rising against all odds.

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Metalhead Ned’s Random Pic of the Week – Time For Sun of a Beach!

I was walking down the hallway yesterday and I couldn't help but notice that our live events manager was dressed up for a Beach Party. I don't know what exactly she was doing, but I figured it was a very random thing to stumble upon.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Which Show Member Is Most Likely to Punch Another? [Poll]

We spend A LOT of time together on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show."

And since we're a talk show, we're forced to constantly communicate with one another on a daily basis.

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Pop Evil’s ‘Flawed’ Live at Rock on the Range 2014 [Video]

Grand Rapids' own, Pop Evil, hit the main stage this year at Rock on the Range!  

The sold-out show packed Crew Stadium as our local boys took the stage with a ferocious performance of their Michigan rock!

Walking around that day, getting ready for the Pop Evil show, I heard a lot of people talking about the bands they wanted to see, and our Pop Evil was one of the bands I heard mentioned A LOT!

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Redlight King Rocked on the Range – Coming to Grand Rapids

Redlight King is a great Canadian band, led by Kazzer (Mark), and they're on tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry right now...heading to Grand Rapids to hit the Orbit Room tonight!

Here's the first song from Redlight King's set at Rock on the Range to get you pumped for the show.

If you want tickets, GRD has your last chance tickets for tonight's Seether show at The Orbit Room!

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Get Black Keys Tickets for Grand Rapids Concert Now Before Anyone Else Can

On Sept. 7, The Black Keys will hit the Van Andel Arena with Cage the Elephant for a show here in Grand Rapids!

Tickets won't go on sale until Friday morning to the general public, but since you're one of the 'GRD peeps, we can hook you up with access to tickets before that!

Right now, follow this link for tickets, and enter this code word

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Downtown Grand Rapids Time-Lapse Day into Night

Okay, I got bored last night, so I set up a GoPro camera to shoot a time-lapse out my window here at the station.  I've never done one before, but it's pretty cool!  I had to download a program to stitch them all together, but still, it came out pretty cool!  Watch my view of downtown as the sun goes down and night takes over downtown Grand Rapids last night.

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